Top 10 Must-Have Apps if You’re a Parent Planning a Family Holiday
Updated: Jun 15
As a mom of two and a tech-enthusiast, I’m always on the lookout for ways to make our family trips less frantic and more fun. Traveling with kids, as we all know, can be a challenging task. From packing the right snacks, toys, and clothes, to keeping them entertained during long car rides or flights, it's a full-time job in itself! But in the age of smartphones and tablets, we have a host of apps that can make our lives just a wee bit easier.
Today, I want to share with you my top 10 apps that every parent needs while traveling. These apps have been my life-savers on multiple trips, and I hope they can do the same for you.
Una Travel: Vacation Planner - Una is like having a digital travel agent in your pocket. It provides a curated selection of places to stay, eat, and things to do based on your family's preferences. Save time and hassle by using Una to plan your next family vacation.
Hoptale - This app is a digital scrapbook that helps document your family trips. No
need to scroll through thousands of photos to find the vacation shots from 3 years ago anymore! It's a great way to remember your adventures and share them with family and friends.
ItsEasy Passport Renew & Photo - The ItsEasy app lets you renew your passport right from the comfort of your own home. With this app, there's no need to worry about passport renewals being a tedious and lengthy process.
LugLess.com - LugLess is a luggage shipping service that lets you ship your bags in advance of a trip, saving you the hassle of dealing with baggage claim and check-in lines, especially when you're traveling with kids.
Gowhee - Created by parents, for parents, Gowhee helps you find and share kid-friendly locations and things to do wherever you are in the world. With authentic reviews from a community of like-minded parents, you can plan your family's trip with peace of mind.
Lose It! – Calorie Counter - A companion for your health journey, Lose It! is a comprehensive app for tracking calories and macros, which also has an integrated Apple Watch app. This smart, simple, and effective tool allows you to log your food intake with ease. You can scan barcodes, import recipes, or just quickly enter your meals. The Apple Watch interface is straightforward, showing your daily calorie intake, nutrition summary, and allowing quick adds of water and snacks. Lose It! makes it easier to keep up with your dietary goals, even while you’re on the go.
7 Minute Workout: Fitness App - Juggling between parenting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be challenging, especially while traveling. But with the 7 Minute Workout app, you can fit effective workouts into your busy schedule. This app, available on the iPhone, offers quick, high-intensity workouts based on scientific studies to provide the maximum benefit in the shortest time possible. Each workout lasts just 7 minutes, making it an ideal choice for busy parents on holiday. It's a convenient and accessible way to stay active no matter where you are.
Mamava - If you're a nursing mom, Mamava can be alifesaver. This app helps you find all the best places to pump or nurse in peace wherever you go. It lists over 5,000 private lactation spots around the country and helps you find and unlock dedicated Mamava pods.
Superlock - As parents, we all know how our curious little ones love to tap and swipe on our Apple Watches, and how frustrating it can be when something accidentally gets triggered on the screen during a workout or a meeting. That's where Superlock comes in. This easy-to-use app lets you lock your Apple Watch screen with a simple two-tap and long-press sequence at the bottom of the screen. This unique unlocking method ensures that your watch stays secure keeping it safe from little explorers. It also features a stealth mode that makes the watch look as if it's out of battery while hiding the unlock instructions, which is a game changer for managing those times when the kids are upset about not being allowed to play with your watch.
Blinkist – While reading might be on your list of things-to-do while you’re on holiday, we understand how difficult that might be to accomplish while traveling with children. The Blinkist app provides 15-minute summaries of popular books, allowing you to get the key points without having